- What: Corona Open J-Bay
- When: July 12-July 21, 2022
- Where: Jeffreys Bay, Eastern Cape, South Africa
The end of the 2022 Women’s World Surf League Championship Tour season is in sight. The Corona Open J-Bay competition kicks off on July 12, 2022 from Jeffreys Bay in Eastern Cape, South Africa and runs through July 21. After this competition, there are two dates left in the 2022 WSL Championship Tour season — the Outerknown Tahiti Pro in August and the Rip Curl WSL Finals in September. With that, the top women surfers in the world are looking to score points and make moves in the standings.
The most recent event on the 2022 WSL Championship Tour was the Oi Rio Pro. Carissa Moore took home top honors in that event. Second place went to Johanne Defay. Moore and Defay are in a battle for the top spot in the women’s division. Moore is in first place in the standings with 46,840 points, but Defay is right behind her with 42,865 points. However, Moore and Defay are not the only surfers who could take home the 2022 WSL title, Lakey Peterson has 36,395 points, while Stephanie Gilmore and Brisa Hennessy both check in with 35,540 points.
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WSL Championship Tour: Corona Open J-Bay Women’s Picks
|To Win 2022 WSL Women's Corona Open J-Bay|
|Tatiana Weston Webb||+1000|
Carissa Moore seems to be on her way to earning a sixth world title. She claimed her fifth championship last year, and she is currently the No. 1 ranked woman on the WSL tour. Moore’s first win of the 2022 Championship Tour came at the Oi Rio Pro. Before that, the 29-year-old Hawaiian finished in the second spot three times — including at the Roxy Pro G-Land, where she was runner-up to Defay. In addition to her three second-place finishes this year, Moore has one-third and two ninth-place finishes.
Johanne Defay has been a picture of consistency during the 2022 Championship Tour. She opened the season with five consecutive fifth-place finishes, but she has come alive in the three most recent events. The 28-year-old French surfer placed first at Roxy Pro G-Land, third at the Surf City El Salvador Pro and in the runner-up spot at Oi Rio Pro.
Defay, who has not won a world championship with the WSL, is looked at as somewhat of a longshot to win the Corona Open J-Bay, but she is not someone to take lightly considering her recent run.
A seven-time world champ, Stephanie Gilmore has been up and down this WSL season. She had three straight fifth place finishes before winning her first event of 2022, the Surf City El Salvador Pro. However, Gilmore followed that win with a 9th place finish at Oi Rio Pro. Gilmore’s experience makes her a threat in any competition she participates in.
Carissa Moore seems to be firing on all cylinders as the 2022 WSL Championship Tour nears the end of the current season. With that, it’s hard to pick against her to win the Corona Open J-Bay.
Pick: Carissa Moore to win Corona Open J-Bay.
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